Red State BBQ, 4020 Georgetown Road, will open a taproom and a restaurant in downtown Georgetown early next year. The new place, to be called Red State Taps, will be at 123 Opera Way, owner David Carroll said. The main restaurant will stay open and Red State’s food truck will continue to operate, Carroll said. The new place will offer craft beer and wine, with a tapas menu at night. There might be a lunch menu, possibly for takeout, Carroll said. The kitchen will be open next month, but Carroll said the restaurant probably will open in early January with a menu featuring small bites, including artisan-style pizzas with barbecue, and other items developed for the food truck.
▪ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will have Thanksgiving dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25. For $25 a person, you can get fried garbanzo salad with iceberg lettuce, shaved ham, queso fresco and tomato lemon oil; crab-stuffed cubanelle peppers with piquillo peppers, plantain hummus and ancho sauce; and pardo y puerco (grilled chili spiced snapper fillet and achiote citrus roasted pork, with watercress salad, candy butternut squash orange ginger vinaigrette and mushroom paella). For dessert, there will be Latin cannoli, with banana rum filling and coconut caramel sauce. Call (859) 303-5573 for reservations.
▪ Bayou Bluegrass Catering’s Copper Roux, 861 South Broadway, will offer a Thanksgiving buffet with seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 26. Adults dine for $34; seniors $29.50; children 8 and younger $16.50, free for children 3 and younger. For reservations or the menu, call (859) 523-7915 or go to Bayoubluegrass.com. You also can order a Cajun fried turkey and other holiday favorites for pickup Nov. 25.
▪ For Thanksgiving, Bluegrass Baking Co., 3101 Clays Mill Road, has an assortment of pies: apple, pumpkin, pecan, choco-pecan, and sour cherry. All are $22 except pumpkin, which is $18. Also back for the holidays: cranberry-raisin bread and pumpkin-walnut bread, and dinner rolls, including egg rolls, seven-grain rolls and fluffy white rolls. It’s open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Bluegrass Baking will close at 3 p.m. on Nov. 25. Order at (859) 296-0581 until Nov. 23.
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▪ Pig & Pepper Baking has unique pies available for Thanksgiving, including pumpkin basil, pumpkin curry, sweet potato sage, butternut squash cardamom, apple-sage brown butter with smoked cheese crust, and chocolate pecan bourbon with stout beer. Standard 9-inch pies are $20; 4-inch mini pies are $4 each. Order at Pigandpepperbaking.com.
▪ Proud Mary Honky Tonk BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Road, will fry not just turkeys for the holidays but whole brisket, hams, jambalaya and all the traditional and Louisiana traditional sides. Order at (859) 913-5611 or Proudmarybbq.com. Pick up until noon on Thanksgiving Day.
▪ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will pour the 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau on Nov. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a Wine Guild happy hour and continuing throughout dinner service. Wine Guild director Steve Mancuso will pour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A glass of the 2015 Nouveau is $5, a bottle $18. An extensive wine list and full bar service also are available. Chef Ouita Michel will prepare a matching bistro three-course menu featuring duck confit and French lentils for $25. The four-course regular menu also is available, with a choice of five entrees including a ribeye, a Stone Cross Farm pork chop and a wild-caught fresh fish of the day. Reservations are not required for happy hour. For dinner reservations, call (859) 846-4732.
▪ The Kentucky Kicks Ass Brewfest returns from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester Street, with 13 Kentucky craft breweries — Against the Grain, Apocalypse Brew Works, Blue Stallion Brewing Co., Country Boy Brewing, Cumberland Brewery, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Ethereal Brewing, Falls City Brewing Co., Kentucky Ale, Monnick Beer Co., Rooster Brew, Sterling Beer and West Sixth Brewing. Tickets for the 21 and up event are $25 for 20 beer tickets and a commemorative glass; get tickets online at kftc.org, at CD Central and at West Sixth Brewing (cash only). The event is limited to 700 tickets, and proceeds benefit Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a 34-year-old citizens organization.
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